Moomins Cook Book

My lovely friend Rachel just sent me this book as a surprise – “The Moomins Cookbook: An Introduction to Finnish Cuisine”.   Now, when its sub-zero outside and your wearing two pairs of tights, a blanket and a woolly hat – Finnish Troll cooking is just the thing you need! The cook-book is based on…

The Alchemaster’s Apprentice

“Cooking is alchemy and alchemy is cooking” It’s such a shame that the books of Walter Moers haven’t become as popular as the Hunger Games or Twilight, because they are just as magical and just as imaginative. I thought I’d give you a literary taste of one of his greatest creations – and one of…

Fraggle Salad

I loved Fraggle Rock…for some reason we were forbidden from watching it growing up. I have no idea why. The theme tune was catchy. It had ecological messages and all centred around a very healthy mis-understood vegetable – the radish. I definitely snuck in the odd episode here and there. Red, Goober and Wembley were…

Alice in Wonderland’s Grilled Lobster Quadrille

“You may not have lived much under the sea—” “I haven’t,” said Alice. “And perhaps you were never even introduced to a lobster—” Alice began to say, “I once tasted—” but checked herself hastily, and said, “No, never”. “So you can have no idea what a delightful thing a Lobster-Quadrille is!” “No, indeed,” said Alice….

Happy New Year

Happy New Year (especially to my new nephew born at 9.18am this morning! Happy Birthday). We celebrated with a wee trifle chocked full of passion-fruits.

Japan – Part 5: Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market, pronounced “tskee-gee”,  is the biggest fish market in the world with fish arriving daily, caught from the seas around the world. The market is like a secret society. 400 years old, it is drenched in history and tradition. There are special memberships, secret entrances, uniforms, secret signals to buy fish, and early…

Japan – Part 4: Okonomiyaki

This week – I have a guest post from my other half! “Our trip to Japan was amazing.  As both of us love our food, the majority of our time was dedicated to working our way through the amazing breadth of culinary experiences available.  The highlights for me, however, were the two times that we…

Japan – Part 3: Breakfasts of a Geisha

Once known as the ‘floating world’, Gion (Kyoto) is a mixture of cobbled streets, zen buddist temples, tea houses and the secretive and exclusive Ryotei restaurants.  In between them are large Geisha houses that stretch hundreds of metres back from the street. Hidden from view are the Maiko (trainee geisha) and Geiko, as they are…

Japan – Part 2: The Rabbit Cafe

The Rabbit Cafe “Usagi no cafe, doko desu ka?” Where is the rabbit cafe? We must have asked countless shop owners, bemused Japanese policeman and taxi drivers this question. Although news of the Rabbit Cafe may have reached the UK, it had not, it appeared, reached the neighbours of the said, Cafe of Rabbits. Why…

Japan – Part 1: Relaxing Times – Rilakkuma

Warning: This blog is about to be hit by a flurry of Japanese posts as we have just returned from two brilliant weeks in Tokyo and Kyoto. There will be a never-ending amount of gratuitous food shots and ‘kawaii’ – Japanese cuteness. Some of the items of food or cartoons I discuss may appear irrational…

Hamburgers, Berliners and Franzbrotchen

No recipe this week – but mainly because I’m recovering from the after-effects of a long weekend in Germany where I ate precisely the following: Sushi, elderflower and mint Prosecco cocktail (check out the recipe here), tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella, fresh seeded rolls, hard boiled eggs, cold meats and cheeses, ham omelette chocolate and maple…

The Hunger Games

I told my mum to buy The Hunger Games, then stole it off her before she had a chance to read it. Sorry mum. You were too slow. Plus you’re reading about 8 books at once. I only started reading The Hunger Games on Friday night and haven’t been able to put it down…I’ve just…